ON TO VICTORY HOLDS NEWBURY GROUP 3 ENGAGEMENT SATURDAY
On To Victory has an option in Newbury’s Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes on Saturday, but his participation will be very much rain dependent, which is forecast on Thursday.
On To Victory also holds an engagement in the Ebor on Saturday August 25th where he would be guaranteed a run and in view of these two engagements we have aborted the idea of running him in Deauville this weekend … Watch this space regarding weather.
JUST IN TIME LOSES OUT TO USEFUL FRENCH IMPORT
Just In Time started favourite at Kempton on Wednesday night, but failed to peg back the well-regarded Vis A Vis who maintained his unbeaten record, winning his 2nd start in the UK since being purchased in the Horses in Training sale from France.
Just In Time looked the likely winner and was traded at 1/3 on Betfair 2 furlongs out but unfortunately was out-stayed by the winner who set the pace. This was a competitive event and Just In Time is now qualified for the 1 mile 6 furlong Grass Roots Final at Nottingham on Wednesday 3rd October which will be his logical target.
FIELDS OF FORTUNE IMPRESSES TO RECORD FIRST WIN
Fields Of Fortune, who up to Sunday was still a maiden on the flat and over jumps, opened his account showing a good turn of foot going to the last to win comfortably at Market Rasen in the maiden hurdle. He has some quite good form, particularly in his 2 year old and early 3 year old career, and is probably now maturing and finding his strength.
His next race will be back on the flat (he ran really well in a mile and six race at Goodwood in May) and we will be looking for suitable races over that trip and even stepping up to 2 miles. This was his fourth run over hurdles and the BHA handicapper will now give him a mark, which we can revert to during the winter months.
Revenge finished fourth at Carlisle last Monday evening where it was a Lady Jockeys only night. He was in a strong position going to the two marker and looked as though he was going to kick on and win, but unusually for him, he weakened in the closing stages. Due to run at Beverley Wed 15th August race time 5.00, as long as the ground stays fast.
ONLY ONE SHARE LEFT TO ALLOCATE IN EXCITING NEW HORSE WITH NICKY HENDERSON
FUGITIVES DRIFT – a stunning looking horse by the top class YEATS
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FIRST MOHICAN – THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN
First Mohican has been a fantastic horse on our team for the last 9 years. He started his career with Henry Cecil and his 7 wins and just short of £160,000 in total prize money has been well documented. He has taken his owners on a fabulous journey and there will be a retirement page for him on this website in due course. His best achievement was arguably when he did not win, but was runner-up in the 2016 Cesarewitch, when he came from last only to be thwarted by what turned out to be an extremely well handicapped winner trained by Hughie Morrison. First Mohican will be missed, but has a wonderful retirement home in East Sussex and his owners will continue to keep an eye on him.